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Tinkering Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham eager to extend winning run

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 20, 2012

  • More please: Trinity boss Steve Housham wants his side to extend their winning run to eight games on Saturday

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After earning a seventh win in succession, Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham is rewarding his players by demanding they go and secure victory number eight.

On Saturday, the Trinity boss sees his side face Stalybridge at home with Blue Square Bet North points at stake.

And with just one defeat in the last 12 games, Housham revealed it can be difficult to keep everyone calm in the Trinity camp.

But by concentrating on the next game and the next win, he says he is able to keep the players' minds on the job in hand.

"I have been asked the question, 'how do I keep them all calm?'," he said.

"But it is just a matter reminding them what we want from them and sending them out to get the next win."

After the drama of their FA Trophy win over Blue Square Bet Premier side Forest Green Rovers last weekend, Trinity returned to league action on Monday to play Bradford Park Avenue.

The Trinity boss made some changes to his starting line-up, with two-goal hero Darryn Stamp being rested.

But Housham was delighted with those who came into the side as Terry Hawkridge and Bradley Barraclough scored the goals in a 2-0 win which sent the Blues up to fourth in the table.

"They have been fantastic in recent weeks," added Housham.

"I have a very good squad here and I am able to tinker around a little and rest players if I feel I need to.

"And those that came in on Monday evening played very well. They rolled up their sleeves and got on with the job.

"If someone is left out of the side for one match, they know they will get their chance in another.

"I can't pick more than 11 players to start a match and some are going to be upset. But I think the players trust me and it is a problem I don't mind having."

Housham's selection problem will not be any easier on Saturday after another name has been added to the squad.

Former Manchester United and Middlesborough midfielder Mark Wilson made his debut on Monday and Housham liked what he saw.

"In patches he was different class," he said. "It must have been an eye opener for him after all the top venues he's played at to find himself at Bradford Park Avenue on a damp Monday evening.

"But it was good for him to get 90 minutes under his belt."

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